Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Mad Scientists' Club

The Mad Scientists' Club books by Bertrand R. Brinley and illustrated by Charles Geer are some of the most fun science based stories I've ever read. 

The first two books in the series The Mad Scientists' Club and The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club are collections of short stories. Several of the short stories originally appeared in various issues of Boys Life magazine. The short stories are where the Mad Scientists' Club really shine. The action is fast paced and there is a lot of humor.

The third book is the series "The Big Kerplop!" is a full length book detailing the beginnings of the Mad Scientists' Club.  When the book was originally produced it didn't have internal illustrations like the first two books. Purple House Press recently commissioned Charles Geer to produce internal illustrations for "The Big Kerplop!" which he completed shortly before his death in 2008. The new edition with the internal illustrations came out in June 2010.

The final book "The Big Chunk of Ice" has the gang leaving Mammoth Falls and traveling to Europe by blimp.This is also a full length adventure.

Probably the most economical way to get all the Mad Scientists' Club stories is to buy "The Mad Scientists' Club Complete Collection". This volume has all four books combined into one volume. What a deal!

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